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Old 01-25-2022, 06:12 PM   #1
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Question Upgrade Dometic Refrig from 5 to larger 6

Hi - Just wondering if anyone has upgraded their Dometic RM2554 (5 foot) to the larger Dometic DM2683 (6 foot). We purchased an E19 in November 2021 through the inventory lottery and it came with the 5 foot refrigerator. Just came home from a 6 week trip to Florida and loved the trailer, except for the small freezer in our 5 foot refrigerator. I feed "raw" to our dogs and it was a struggle figuring out how to store frozen chicken necks in that tiny freezer. We had originally wanted to buy an 21NE with the bigger refrigerator (with separate door for the freezer), but went for the inventory 19 since we got it a year and a half sooner. We're not interested in a compressor refrig and the refrig portion of the Dometic is fine in size. Looked at portable DC/AC freezers and don't like how much power they use. Also looked at a portable propane freezer, but that's too heavy. So it seems like the best alternatives would be to replace it with the Dometic DM2683 if that's doable, or continue to make do with a chest freezer/ice packs/buying along the way/etc. I know we'll lose the microwave above the current fridge since the other one is taller, but that's ok.
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Old 01-25-2022, 11:48 PM   #2
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I'm not clear how much power you consider to be too much. A 12 volt compressor fridge only runs part-time; there's quite a bit of information about this online.

I bought an off brand F40C4TMP 20-quart chest freezer for $200 a couple years back. It's rated to draw 45 watts when running.

It hasn't seemed to regulate temperatures very well as a refrigerator, though other reviewers seem to like it. But it will readily cool to well below 10 degrees when set to run as a freezer.

Some of these units offer upholstered bags to improve the insulation. I just use blankets that we always carry in the car.

It seems that something like this might be worth a try before investing in a replacement refrigerator installation for a trailer.
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Old 01-26-2022, 08:43 AM   #3
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All I can comment on is that we have the 6 cu ft. fridge in our 2021 E-19. One reason I selected the option is because I'd had the same fridge in my previous stick built trailer, and it was a great performer over 10 years. Always cold in hot weather, great space and separate freezer, and reliable. I saw ETI offered the same unit, so I jumped on it. Plus, I don't want / need a microwave.

Now, is it worth the effort and cost to change out a brand new 5 cu foot for the bigger 6? I can't say. I've heard that they barely fit through the trailer door, so I'd look for any pictures or experience anyone here on this site can give you in doing the swap.
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Old 01-26-2022, 10:01 AM   #4
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Got 190 watts solar on the roof and a Batleborn 100AH LifePO4 lithium. Been thinking about replacing my 3-way 4.3 cu ft Dometic 8551 with a AC/DC version. My 19 is the earlier "classic" style but this might help others.
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Old 01-26-2022, 10:03 AM   #5
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Honestly, I would not replace a Dometic appliance with anything made by Dometic. I would find a different brand.
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Old 01-26-2022, 12:43 PM   #6
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That was one of my concerns - the door width. Also we don’t know if the venting is the same area for the larger fridge. We have 2 190 watt solar panels on top of the trailer and 2 100ah lithium batteries. So I think we’ll try with a DC powered chest freezer and see if that works - a lot cheaper than replacing the fridge. We tend to boondock on solar and propane, with occasional stays in a state park when we can get a reservation (those book up so fast and we don’t tend to plan out trips so far in advance) and that re- tops the batteries if needed. May eventually get a Honda generator with a propane conversion installed if it looks like we need it for longer boondocking.
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That was one of my concerns - the door width. Also we donít know if the venting is the same area for the larger fridge. We have 2 190 watt solar panels on top of the trailer and 2 100ah lithium batteries. So I think weíll try with a DC powered chest freezer and see if that works - a lot cheaper than replacing the fridge. We tend to boondock on solar and propane, with occasional stays in a state park when we can get a reservation (those book up so fast and we donít tend to plan out trips so far in advance) and that re- tops the batteries if needed. May eventually get a Honda generator with a propane conversion installed if it looks like we need it for longer boondocking.
I think the door width is wider on the newer trailers. Check your measurement before saying it doesn't fit
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Old 01-27-2022, 04:58 PM   #8
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Measured our E19 door and itís about 22 1/2 inches. Both the 5 and 6 cubic foot Dometic refrigerators say 24 7/8 inch width, and depth is 24 11/16 on the 5 and 26 on the 6. Donít know if the depth is less if you remove the refrigerator door? How did others remove the Dometic refrigerator when it fails or they put in a different refrigerator?
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